I am part of a new exhibit titled Motion Graphics: In and Beyond the Street. The show is currently showing at Intersection For the Arts in San Francisco and "looks at street art and the practice underlying social engagement and artistic work in the public sphere."
I developed a new print for this show titled "22% of Deportee's have U.S. Citizen Children". I developed this piece in response to our country's devastating immigration policy that is separating families, traumatizing children, and creating a cycle in which parents are losing their parental rights after being deported.
I was inspired to create this piece after learning about the plight of Felipe Montes. For nine years, Felipe Montes lived and worked in North Carolina. He married a U.S. citizen, and he and his wife have three sons. But after immigration officials deported Montes in late 2010, he will likely never see his children again.
The piece depicts a mother and child separated from a father. The father is depicted as an alien, alluding to the way in which inhumane immigration policy dehumanizes people. Using words like "illegal" and "alien", all words use by the Department of Homeland Security, make it acceptable to treat these courageous human beings as second class citizens.
I'm happy to be showing this piece alongside works by Ricardo Richey with Evan Bissell, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Chad Hasegawa and Eric Staller.
Here are some photos of the show:
Exhibit Dates & Gallery Hours: June 13 - August 25, Tues.-Sat., 12-6pm FREE
Location: 925 Mission Street, Suite 109, SF CA 94103